Tales from the Darkside was an anthology horror TV show created by George A. Romero (directed by Bob Balaban, Timna Ranon).
It was released in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, Tales From The Crypt, and Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour, each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. The series' episodes spanned the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and some episodes featured elements of black comedy or more lighthearted themes.
It had aired from Sept. 30th, 1983 to July 24th, 1988. Each episode consists of one short tale, which has an odd, or ironic twist at the end. Each episode runs for about 23 minutes. This series, which is made up of four seasons, featured the efforts of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, John Mcdonald, George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Harlan Ellison, and many others. This series was soon made into a movie, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.
The moderate success of George A. Romero's horror anthology film Creepshow led to initial inquiries about the possibilities of a Creepshow series. Because Warner Brothers owned certain aspects of Creepshow, Laurel Entertainment (which produced the film) opted to take their potential series into a similar, yet separate, direction, including changing the name to Tales from the Darkside. The new name reflected Creepshow's focus, that of a live-action EC-based horror comic book of the 1950s like Tales from the Crypt or The Vault of Horror, though the series would not carry the trappings of a comic as Creepshow did. Some episodes of the series were written by or adapted from the works of famous authors. Stephen King's short stories "Word Processor of the Gods" and "Sorry, Right Number" were amongst them. Works by Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Michael Bishop, Robert Bloch, John Cheever, Michael McDowell and Fredric Brown were also featured. After wrapping, Tales from the Darkside was succeeded by Monsters in 1988, a similarly-styled syndicated weekly horror anthology also produced by Laurel and longtime Romero associate Richard P. Rubinstein. The series was followed by Tales from the Darkside: The Movie in 1990. Stephen King also contributed a short story to this film, "The Cat From Hell". The film starred Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, William Hickey, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore (the first three had previously appeared in episodes of the TV series). Tom Savini has called this film "The real Creepshow 3".The series was originally syndicated weekly by Tribune Broadcasting, with most stations airing it after midnight. After ending production, it was picked up by LBS Communications for barter-based syndication (with the exception of the episode The Apprentice, and a few reruns of earlier episodes) which were distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures. Worldvision Enterprises later became the series' distributor, and the rights currently are held by Worldvision successor CBS Television Distribution.
On November 17, 2008, CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) announced the first season of Tales from the Darkside would be released on DVD February 10, 2009 complete with audio commentary by producer George Romero on the episode "Trick or Treat".
Awards and nominationsEdit
Young Artist AwardsEdit
|1987||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series – Scooter Stevens – nominated|
|1987||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series – Tanya Fenmore – nominated|
Writers Guild of America, USAEdit
|1988||Anthology Episode/Single Program – John Harrison (as John Sutherland) – nominated|
CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) has released the four seasons of Tales from the Darkside on DVD in Region 1.
In Region 2, Revelation Films has released all four seasons on DVD in the UK.
|DVD name||Ep#||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2|
|The First Season||24||February 10, 2009||November 21, 2011|
|The Second Season||24||October 27, 2009||February 20, 2012|
|The Third Season||22||April 27, 2010||May 7, 2012|
|The Final Season||20||October 19, 2010||August 6, 2012|
|The Complete Series||90||October 19, 2010||N/A|
The DVD release contains an altered soundtrack without the original music score. Episodes released on VHS during the 1980s do contain the original music score throughout.
In November 2013, it was announced that Joe Hill, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci are developing a reboot of Tales from the Dark Side with CBS Studios for The CW.